Paul Scholes believes Manchester United are short of 'top-quality centre-forwards'

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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United's squad is 'even more unbalanced' after their activity in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils spent just shy of £100million on new additions, but their former midfielder believes Louis van Gaal and the United hierarchy made a mistake in allowing Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez to leave the club.

Radamel Falcao, Van Persie and Hernandez have all departed Old Trafford, and the Manchester club have Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and James Wilson as their only recognised striking options.


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Despite having 17 shots last night, Van Gaal's men fell to a 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven, but Luke Shaw's terrible injury overshadowed the result.

The 20-time league champions failed to make the most of their superior chances and possession, and Scholes believes their transfer dealings have left them short of goals.

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Scholes said on BT Sport: "The one thing I think the United squad is now is it's short of goals. Short of real, top quality centre-forwards who guarantee you goals.

"Van Gaal spoke last year about his squad being unbalanced, and I think it's even more unbalanced now without top strikers.

"They've let three or four strikers go. Now, I think if we had kept one of them, kept a Van Persie or Hernandez then it looks quite strong. They can score goals, Van Persie and Hernandez can score goals. Martial could be a real threat coming off the bench. I just think that's a mistake."

United were without Rooney last night as their captain recovers from a hamstring injury. He is expected to return for the trip to Southampton.

There has been much debate over Rooney's best position; he has struggled to lead the line this season and is goalless in the Premier League.

With the inclusion of Martial, the England captain could move into the number ten role, but that would be harsh on Ander Herrera, who has performed well in recent weeks.

Juan Mata played behind the striker last night but failed to impress and is likely to remain on the right side of midfield.


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